Yes, Virginia, There Is Still A Goddamn Global Pandemic

It still leaves those who dont desire the vaccine due to being bad actors themselves, or going through mis/disinformation campaigns by the likes of Russia, or even worse, our own little toady goblin white supremacist, Tucker “I Always Look Like Im Peeing A Little” Carlson.

I dont know who requires to hear this, however its okay if youre feeling trauma-bombed by all this. Its fine that youre a little hesitant to toss your mask in the trash disposal and go running into a field of wet human bodies with your arms held high and your mouth hanging agape in order to capture the saucy mist of sweat and saliva and partying microorganisms. There were just dinosaurs eating individuals like, ten minutes ago.

It took an enormous individual and psychological toll.

We are not at the pandemics end.

The assertion comes, most likely, from the idea that here, at the pandemics end, some of us are choosing to preserve a portion of our mitigation measures like masking or reduced travel. Which further recommends we are in a co-dependent relationship with stated pandemic, or even worse, that we are actually addicted to it, the way one becomes addicted to heroin. (Im not going to link to any of the posts or tweets.

Never ever mind the reality that the CDC and WHO havent always been totally clear as to what is alright and what is not alright. Im quite sure the most recent CDC flowchart recommends we can take our masks off outside supplied we are vaccinated and standing in a 12 ′ by 12 ′ area and that the breeze is from the Northwest and that Mercury isnt presently in retrograde and that weve never ever personally left a one-star Yelp review that contains the phrase, “I wouldve offered it ZERO STARS if I might have!”.

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We arent just grist for an economic mill. Perhaps do not hang the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner while were still losing 800, 900 people a day in this country alone. A 9/11 each week.

The vaccines are 100% efficient versus death and serious disease, which is to say, statistically, however not actually– there have been hospitalizations and death in those who have actually been totally immunized, and I state this not to conjure up panic, but just to ensure were all on the exact same page as truth. The numbers are low enough that, risk assessment-wise, youre likelier to suffer discomfort and death from far rarer sources (lightning, cows, I dunno, probably rogue toasters), however the asterisk is still there that people who are totally vaccinated can still get it, can still get sick, can still get dead. And there stays no clear messaging or data on what this provides for, or about, Long COVID– if five out of a hundred people can still get sick with COVID after being totally immunized, can they still experience the various impacts of long-term disease? We do not understand. Certainly it suggests that your opportunities overall are lower, which is terrific. Lower doesnt indicate no, and thats an estimation we have to make, specifically when we remember that a hundred million people still arent fully vaccinated, and one hundred percent of our kids arent completely immunized.

It still leaves our whole population of children unvaccinated.

Maybe have a little fucking compassion.

Be safe, be clever, its alright to go slow.

It still overlooks those who can not get the vaccine, or who are immunocompromised in a manner that the vaccine will not manage them essential security.

Theyre healing from it.

Theyre surviving it.

Never mind the fact that, mentally, were still experiencing an enormous unfolding of worldwide health problem and death. Were stuck in a changed world, a world that will stay altered after the pandemic. This is a mire of trauma, specifically for those who listened to the science (gasp) and (double-gasp) took this shit seriously and (triple-gasp with a pants-shitting-pirouette) didnt engage with the dream of a disease that the global clinical community simply wholesale invented in a false-flag operation where they hired 3.2 million crisis stars to pretend to be dead however who are most likely now simply cooling out on a beach on the Planet Venus while the rest people pump our bodies complete of small Bill Gateses in order to unknowingly change ourselves into fleshy panopticons. We saw people get ill. Some lost parts of themselves and their minds. (Pant, pant.) Some needed to view liked ones die over iPad screens because they couldnt be with them as COVID took their last breaths away.

That still leaves about 100 million adults to go.

For the record, Ive altered some habits because getting immunized. I dont use a mask outdoors if I can be sure that I will not be in other individualss ugly mouth variety. I hate wearing masks. Yet, I still bring a mask. Ill still wear a mask within, even vaccinated. I still will not consume inside a dining establishment, however I would now consume outdoors. My kid isnt vaccinated. Our numbers in the location are still high, though they are dropping. Ill watch on all of that. Excellent if the numbers stay low. If vaccinations continue apace, great. Super-fucking-duper if I can be comfortable that there isnt some new Fresh Hot Variant that now averts the vaccines and will melt your face. Then Ill leave the shallow end of the swimming pool and move to deeper water. I dont see anything stressed about that, or doing not have sense, or indicative of me being some lockdown-loving pandemic fetishist. I simply believe, wow, a lot of people passed away and are still passing away and were not anywhere near where we require to be, so Im going to play it slow and suspect that there still might be one or 2 dinosaurs out there on the island.

Its still fucking taking place! This isnt the series ending! Holy shit! What the fuck! Yes, its extremely, excellent we are getting immunized. Its excellent! Im into it! Its my new kink! Vaccination is the machete that is cutting a path to normalcy through the thicket of this pandemic. However make sure: it stays an active, ongoing pandemic. Worldwide, it is as bad as it has actually ever been. In India, its a brushfire, utilizing human beings as kindling. Here in the United States, were beginning to see a much-desired downturn in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. In my state and in numerous others, the pandemic is still kicking: were still above last summer seasons “2nd wave” levels by an excellent bit, and here in PA we arent even back listed below our March numbers. And weve had an increase in school cases– hell, a small wave just went through my kids school, and have seen comparable impacts through several local school systems.

We are at approximately 100 million fully immunized grownups in this country.

People arent addicted to the pandemic.

Were still at a point that nearly a thousand individuals a day are still passing away in this nation.

Its alright if youre uncertain how to proceed, or you wish to gradually go back to some form of normalcy (due to the fact that be ensured, what will result should be labeled a New Normal, because the Old Normal is a ghost, its gone). Its all right to still use a mask, whether to protect yourself or to make others feel safe. Its alright to use a mask next year, throughout flu season, due to the fact that you wish to neither catch nor give somebody the flu. Its alright to not simply handwave away COVID cases in children, since thats pretty frightening. Its all right to be not all right. And fuck any person who tells you various. Meaning, Brian Stetler. Fuck you, Brian Stetler, of CNN, a network one may argue is addicted to having shitheads like Rick Santorum okay fine I yield Im a little off-point.

Love to you all.

Heres one issue, though:.

I am now totally vaccinated. The pandemic is still continuous. The one does not alter the other, in the same way that the declaration, “I want the pandemic to be over” does not end the pandemic.

The pandemic is still continuous. In my state and in many others, the pandemic is still kicking: were still above last summers “second wave” levels by a good bit, and here in PA we arent even back listed below our March numbers. The numbers are low enough that, risk assessment-wise, youre likelier to suffer discomfort and death from far rarer sources (lightning, cows, I dunno, most likely rogue toasters), however the asterisk is still there that individuals who are totally immunized can still get it, can still get ill, can still get dead. And there remains no clear messaging or information on what this does for, or about, Long COVID– if 5 out of a hundred individuals can still get sick with COVID after being fully immunized, can they still suffer from the various results of long-lasting health problem? I simply believe, wow, a lot of people died and are still dying and were not anywhere near where we need to be, so Im going to play it slow and think that there still could be one or 2 dinosaurs out there on the island.

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